Eyeliner is one of those secret weapon beauty products that add a touch of structure to your look in a matter of seconds. And most of the new 2019 eyeliners, from brands like Marc Jacobs and Grande Cosmetics, glide on even easier thanks to ingredients like candelilla wax and castor oil in the formulas.
The key to precise application, according to makeup artist Georgina Graham, is all about positioning. “I find the best way to apply eyeliner is to hold a lowered makeup compact with a mirror and look down into that so that you can see the entire eye shape and apply the product,” says Graham, whose client list includes Alexa Chung, Jennifer Lopez, and Victoria Beckham. “Sketch the desired shape lightly with a pencil and then make any corrections using a thin tip dipped in eye makeup remover. When you have the desired shape apply the liquid and again use a q-tip for any cleanup.”
And when applying, don't just swipe the pencil or pen along your eyes (even though the launches below glide on so smoothly). "Try applying the product to a small brush, then use a setting spray [like Seven Seven Cosmetics Finishing Mist in Natural Glow], and then blend the liner under the eye," explains Emily Jimison, a makeup artist and founder of Seven Seven Cosmetics.
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Marc Jacobs' bestselling Fineliners aren't new, but the brand released a few updated shades (like Steel(etto), an icy gray) for the spring. Beauty novices know that these formulas hardly budge after applying.
This creamy pencil is made with clay, so the colors really pop.
If you're looking for a pencil to deliver an architectural, perfectly-symmetrical line, this ain't it. The Anti-Precision is meant for you to smear, smudge, and deconstruct in order to create a look that's unique to you.
Diane Kendal used these pencils at 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2019, but you don't have to be a pro to appreciate the definition that each liner stroke provides.
Graham tells TZR that she would apply this liner in a "really 50s, sex kitten, va-va-voom young Bardot shape which looks good on everyone, as it's a short line with an impactful shape."
"I adore this product. The Glossier Play pencil is waterproof, so sketch very lightly in case of any mistakes," Graham says. "It's super easy to use, and it's a gel, so it literally glides on. It's buildable if you want to intensify it. I also like to create a soft smudgy dirty blown-out eyeliner with these. Think teenage Courtney Love for a bit of cool gal grunge."
"Apply this little tube of magic really close to the lash line," Graham describes of this liner, made of castor oil to promote growth. "I like to use my secret technique, which is making tiny dots between the lashes and sketching a continuous thin liner over. It's a winner!"
"This liner is perfect for a wing. Pair it with some full lashes to really give your eye a dramatic cat-eye look," makeup artist Emily Jimison notes.